While the new Steel Curtain roller coaster at Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh will not be officially open to the public until Saturday, it received its first riders on Friday with a soft opening to a select group of dignitaries, media members, invited guests and contest winners. A group that included defensive lineman Cam Heyward among a number of current and former players.
Opening with a dedication ceremony featuring a distinct Pittsburgh Steelers feel, a sea of Terrible Towels and the sounds of the team’s fight song ushered in the arrival of the world’s first NFL-themed roller coaster.
One of the first to test out the new ride, Heyward was almost as excited to try out the roller coaster as he was to meet Kenny the Kangaroo.
Heyward would be joined on the day by fellow teammate Matt Feiler and some iconic names of the past that included Mike Wagner, Mike Banaszak, Chris Hoke and Craig Wolfley.
With the Steelers drumline provide something of a gameday experience for those in attendance.
Sadly for Feiler, the offensive lineman was too big to fit into the seats at 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds.
But the rest of the riders at the park certainly appeared to enjoy their turn on the roller coaster.
“This is the best ride here.” Jack Thompson and his son Gavin from Harrison discuss their ride on the #SteelCurtain. #kennywood #Rollercoaster #pittsburgh #steelers #football pic.twitter.com/HZCG6QV0uU— Madasyn Czebiniak (@MCzebsTrib) July 12, 2019
With some more relaxed about it than others.
And for those wondering which is more intense, playing in the NFL or riding The Steel Curtain, Heyward confirmed it was most definitely the roller coaster.
A #Steelers perspective on the newest roller coaster at Kennywood. @steelers @CamHeyward @Kennywood_PR #SteelCurtain #SteelCurtainKickoff #pittsburgh #football #Rollercoaster #herewego pic.twitter.com/0iLG9g406g— Madasyn Czebiniak (@MCzebsTrib) July 12, 2019
For those looking for the “gut punch” Heyward describes, The Steel Curtain will be open to the general public on Saturday, July 13.